After winter weather forced major COVID-19 vaccination centers to close last week, Dallas and Tarrant counties faced another setback when the state announced it would cut its dose allocation to zero this week for Human Services and Dallas County Health and the Tarrant County Public Department. Health.
Other centers in the counties, such as Parkland Hospital in Dallas and Texas Health in Fort Worth, will still receive large amounts of the vaccine.
“We have people who have been waiting on the list since January to get a vaccine,
so we need them not to mess with the North Texas vaccine, “said Dallas County Judge Clay Jenkins.
The state’s move comes after partnerships with FEMA were announced in both counties.
This week, FEMA will begin operating vaccine centers in Dallas’ Fair Park and
Globe Life Field in Arlington. Both sites will vaccinate 21,000 people a week for three weeks and focus on vaccinating those living in underserved zip codes.
Tarrant County Judge Glen Whitley said he was assured that the state’s supply of vaccines would not be reduced before agreeing to the partnership with FEMA.
“It’s quite disappointing,” Whitley said. “We’re doing everything that we said we would do and we just want the state to step up and do what they agreed to do when we agreed to be a FEMA site.”
Whitley said the state measure removed 16,000 vaccines from their expected allotment this week and made them fight at other vaccination sites.
On Monday night, Whitley said Texas Health Resources had agreed to give 5,000 of its doses to the health department to help vaccinate more people off the county’s waiting list.
Jenkins said the state’s decision means that at least 9,000 fewer people will be vaccinated this week than they expected. He said the state’s decision also affected vaccination allocations at other vaccination sites in the county.
“The state is getting a record amount of vaccine this week. We are not asking for more than what we are getting. We are just asking for what the citizens have been getting each week,” Jenkins said.
NBC 5 contacted the Texas Department of State Health Services and Governor Gregg Abbott’s office for the decision and received the following statement from a DSHS spokesperson.
“The vaccine assigned to Dallas and Tarrant counties is roughly at the same level as in recent weeks when doses associated with the FEMA effort are included. With a windfall of more than 84,000 doses in just three counties, the Vaccine Allocation Panel of Experts recommended sending additional doses to parts of the state that have not received as much vaccine, consistent with its principle of distributing the vaccine fairly in the entire state. . This allowed us to assign the vaccine to 230 counties for the next week, the most of any week thus far.
“The vaccine is assigned week by week and the amount of vaccine available changes each week.“
Both Whitley and Jenkins have contacted the health department and the governor’s office to appeal the decision.
Do you want to be on a waiting list for vaccines?
As the state begins distributing COVID-19 vaccines for those in Phase 1A and 1B, county health departments have started waiting lists for those who wish to get vaccinated.
You can now register for the vaccine in Collin, Dallas, Denton and Tarrant counties. The links are below:
Waiting list links: Collin – Search Waiting List | Dallas | Denton | Tarrant
You do not need to be a county resident to register for a COVID-19 vaccine in that county; registration is open to anyone in Texas. For those without Internet access, Tarrant County is also taking records by phone at 817-248-6299. In Dallas County, call the DCHHS Immunization Hotline at 1-855-IMMUNE9 (1-855-466-8639). In Denton County, call 940-349-2585.